This demonstration consists of a microwave receiver and transmitter pair along with a set of metal plates. The plates have slits of different sizes and orientations cut into them.
Demonstrates the absorption or transmission of microwaves as it depends on the polarization of the incident microwaves.
Place the receiver and transmitter about 10cm apart, so that they face each other. Plug in the transmitter and turn it on with the 'displacer' knob, then set the gain to the maximum on the receiver. Give it about twenty seconds to warm up, and then adjust the 'displacer' knob on the transmitter until it's producing the maximum response on the receiver. Adjust the gain of the receiver until it's at the desired value.
Now, you can put plates (or other objects) between the pair to observe their transmission of absorption of microwaves.
The receiver only works if the metal tab sticking out from the brown dial is in contact with the metal disk underneath. This probably completes the connection between the receiver and the dial.
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